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Story Of Our Flag (1938)

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Follows the evolution of the flag of the United States from the colonial flags to the stars and stripes of today. Shows by animation the development of the western territories into the present states and how this development effected changes in the flag.

Narrator: Douglas Hamilton.


This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Production Company: McCrory (John R.) Studios, distributed by Knowledge Builders
Audio/Visual: sound, B&W
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Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 5, 2005
Subject: God Bless Ameri
Fun little historical film teaching us all we need to know about how the great flag sorta came to be, while omitting some minor points (Betsy ross, meh!) this film DOES offer some history that I wasn't aware of.
Having said that, this film probably wins the award for most use of stock footage ever. Repeats, running the film backward and lame stock footage are all here.
The best part is the end though,you see, the film has, uh, a couple of pieces missing, so the backward and forward moving flag AND the trunciated anthem made for a perfect ending.

Reviewer: Visual16 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 31, 2005
Subject: Ultimate abusive schoolfilm
Story of our Flag Rocks! This copy has definately been used many times over and over in classrooms, giving it a worn-out, spliced-up vibe that I love.
For one thing, they run through many of the early versions of the flag so fast it is impossible to remember anything. (That and it's hard to take notes in a darkened classroom anyway!) There will be a test on this! "TheCrossofStAndrewTheCrossofSt.George...TheMoltreeflag..BearingTheWords"liberty" Way too fast!
Great narration.
But keep watching it gets better!
In a complete orgy of attention deficit there's this sped up footage of "Building Westward" Where the Indians realize they were going to lose their happy hunting ground and attack a train at about 300 miles an hour! A version of "Oh Suzanna" which is as bad or worse than the one in Freedom and Power! And the climactic biplanes flying over battleships and our present 48 stars'n'bars!!
This ones funny! Watch it!

Reviewer: RexCurry.net - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - August 25, 2004
Subject: Story of our Flag but no Pledge of Allegiance?
Interesting flick, and even more interesting that there is not a peep about the Pledge of Allegiance in it. There might be a reason, in that the scenes apparently are from 1938 when the Pledge of Allegiance had its original straight-armed salute (the origin of the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party). Even makes one wonder whether a pledge section was edited out of the original 1938 film. The history of the Pledge is vitually unknown because it is so unlibertarian.

If the salute wasn't bad enough, the author of the Pledge, Francis Bellamy, was a self-proclaimed National Socialist in the U.S.

Add to that the fact that most people have forgotten that "Nazi" is shorthand for "National Socialist German Workers' Party."

A mnemonic device for remembering that "Nazi" meant the monstrous "National Socialist German Workers' Party" is that the swastika resembled 2 "S" shaped letters overlapping, as discovered by the journalist Rex Curry. http://members.ij.net/rex/swastikanews.html

Recently, the media incompletely reported that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reopen the Pledge of Allegiance case. For example the August 24th article "Justices refuse to reopen Pledge case" by Joyce Howard Price of the THE
WASHINGTON TIMES neglected to mention the newer pledge case, Wonschik v. U.S., that is even bigger news than the old case, and currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. More information is at http://members.ij.net/rex/pledgewonschik.html

The Wonschik case, which has even wider
issues and ramifications than did the earlier wash-out case. http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge3.html

There is also eye-popping graphic art that exposes the original Nazi-style salute to the U.S. flag with: "All in favor of a Pledge of Allegiance raise your right hand." http://members.ij.net/rex/pledgewonschik.html

The Wonschik case for the first time ever debunks the "Roman" salute myth.
http://members.ij.net/rex/pledgesalute.html

The graphic shows the original Pledge of Allegiance on the left and on the right it shows the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. It explains that the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag is the origin of
the salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

The Elk Grove court case was a blessing in disguise, by providing a temporary delay. It allows the fight to widen against the entire Pledge, not just two words. New court litigation is being spearheaded as a pro bono service to the public to liberate Americans from government pushing the totalitarian Pledge and government schools.

The Wonschik court case will be a blockbuster sequel to the Elk Grove case. The Elk Grove case led to scary discoveries about the Pledge's pedigree. It led to the historic news-breaking discovery that exposed the Pledge as the
origin of the salute of the monstrous National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis). It is a myth that the Pledge's original straight-arm salute is an ancient Roman salute. http://members.ij.net/rex/pledgesalute.html

The history of the Pledge has been suppressed because it is so frightening. The Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a self-proclaimed National Socialist in the U.S., who wanted a government takeover of education to produce an "industrial army" for the authoritarian vision portrayed in his cousin Edward Bellamy's book "Looking Backward." The
Bellamy cousins promoted national socialism worldwide for decades. Their acts resulted in racist and segregated government schools that lasted through WWII and into the 1960's, setting a horrid example for hate-spewing groups worldwide.

Another school year has started and a webpage is working to repeal laws that require teachers to lead a robotic chant of the Pledge of Allegiance in the oddball states where government schools are required by law to begin each day with the Pledge, after the ringing of a bell, like Pavlov's lapdogs of the state. http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge_lawyer.html

Another url helps students learn that the Pledge was written by a National Socialist and the rest of the Pledge's true terrifying history:
http://members.ij.net/rex/stopthepledge.html

The only website that provides the scary original speech given by Francis Bellamy for the debut of his Pledge of Allegiance is
http://members.ij.net/rex/pledgespeech.html

There is also the only website that collects and displays true historic photographs of the original Pledge of Allegiance (with the straight-arm salute). http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge2.html

And fan mail praising the expose' of the totalitarian Pledge of Allegiance is at http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge_heart.html

Reviewer: Steve Nordby - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - November 12, 2003
Subject: Symbol of patriotism
A mildly interesting history of the flag of the United States from colonial days to the "present 48 states". Unfortunately, it's black and white, so the colorful colonial flags look drab. Westward expansion and attacks on Native Americans is explained as helping railroad crews' work "progress in an orderly fashion." Pre-WWII patriotism is pumped up by calling the USA a "vast empire" "second to none in wealth and influence, in greatness and in power."